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Monday, January 23, 2006

New York Times Promotes NSA Spying Stories Editor, Intelligence Reporter

Rebecca Corbett, The New York Times editor who worked with reporters Eric Lichtenblau and Jim Risen on their controversial exposes of the NSA's "domestic" spying program, is being promoted to Deputy Bureau Chief in the newspaper's Washington Bureau.

The Times' Washington Bureau Chief Phil Taubman announced it in a memo to the newsroom:

"Rebecca is an exceptionally talented editor, great at unconventional thinking, working with reporters, refining complex stories and developing cooperative relationships with colleagues here and in New York. Those who have worked with her know that, and several of you have told me that you think Rebecca is the best editor you've ever worked with.

"More of you will have the chance to discover that in the months ahead. The Baltimore Sun won two Pulitzer Prizes for reporting projects she directed. In recent months, she has worked closely with Jim Risen and Eric Lichtblau on their groundbreaking coverage of the National Security Agency's warrantless eavesdropping program."

Taubman also announced the promotion of Doug Jehl to a Deputy Bureau Chief position:

"Doug has set the standard for intelligence coverage in Washington since taking over the beat two years ago. I know that not only as one of his editors and readers, but because his competitors at The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and other news organizations have told me so.

"With his background as a White House correspondent and Cairo bureau chief, and stints at the Pentagon, Doug is fully conversant with the full array of national security issues. He has been a prolific generator of ideas across that arena, has a knack for identifying and framing stories and has worked in productive partnerships with many reporters in the bureau."

Any bets on how long before Corbett receives one of those "subpoenee" things from the Justice Department regarding those NSA spy stories?

Go here for the full Taubman memo, courtesy of The New York Observer.